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From: Tim Heider, Public Affairs Manager, 503-742-5911

10-12-17

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

County, Gladstone agree on library settlement
Signing ceremony set for Monday

At this morning’s weekly Business Meeting, Clackamas County Commissioners unanimously agreed to a proposed settlement that provides a path forward toward a comprehensive library solution for the city of Gladstone and the unincorporated Oak Grove/Jennings Lodge area. This action follows the Gladstone City Council’s unanimous approval of the settlement earlier this week.

The city and county had been involved in a legal dispute since August 2016 over funding for construction of a library in Gladstone. This settlement agreement resolves that lawsuit. 

Key points of the settlement include:

The settlement can be seen on the county’s website at http://bit.ly/2yf0wkj.

“The city and county are moving forward on a solution that works for all parties,” stated Gladstone City Administrator Jacque Betz. “This is a victory for everyone involved, and the residents of Gladstone should be pleased. This settlement calls for a library that will be a centerpiece of our downtown, and Gladstone residents will not be burdened by additional taxes for its construction.”

“This is a win-win-win solution,” stated Clackamas County Administrator Don Krupp. “Gladstone residents win because they get a new library with no additional taxes for construction. Oak Lodge area residents win because they get a new library three times as big as the current one.

“The county wins because a lawsuit with a constituent city is dropped,” continued Krupp. “This is how governmental conflict should be resolved. I’m especially proud that the settlement specifies a robust public involvement process that will include all relevant parties.”

As part of the settlement, Gladstone has agreed to submit a ballot measure to residents for May 2018 rescinding the current prohibition on using local funds for construction of a library. The county has agreed to submit a ballot measure (if needed) to adjust the existing Library District intergovernmental agreement as necessary to incorporate elements of the plan.

Both the city and county have committed to a comprehensive and collaborative public engagement process in design, scope, location, size, service levels, amenities and other aspects of the projects.

Formalization of the settlement will be celebrated at a joint board/city council signing ceremony this coming Monday, Oct. 16, at 5:30 p.m. at Gladstone City Hall (525 Portland Ave.). Members of the media are welcome to attend.  

For more information, members of the media may contact Public Affairs Manager Tim Heider at theider@clackamas.us or 503-742-5911.

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